As a teenager, my aunt once lived with us and I remember my dad said vividly “Aunty X is ill and will be with us for a little while, let’s provide her with all the necessary support she needs”, however; my dad never disclosed the type of ailment she was suffering from. I was home alone with my dad as my other siblings were already studying in the university. During the period of providing care, I observed some strange and unexplainable behaviour in her. For example, she left the stove on with nothing on it, she was observed to have poor concentration, and poor hygiene, talks to self and very suspicious of others.
However, on this fateful day, she left home with no one’s knowledge and she never returned till date. At that point my dad told me she was suffering from mental illness.Mental Health Research This particular incident spurred my interest in mental health and mental illness. I researched intensively on mental illness, learning as much as I could about the treatment and prognosis. One of the steps of learning more about mental illness was to get admitted into school of nursing to study general nursing. During my practicum in the mental health unit and the exposure on theoretical courses offered, my curiosity in the area of psychiatric nursing was ignited. When I graduated from the school of nursing, I decided to specialise in psychiatric nursing, as this was my area of interest.
Furthermore, after completing my Diploma in psychiatric nursing, I worked in a mental health unit for 3 years. Fuelled with the desire to learn further and expand my horizon, I realized that no school offers psychiatric nursing degree course in Nigeria, let alone master. So, I began my journey to Canada.
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